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Albany and Beyond

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The River that Connects Us

The tidal estuary ends in Troy, just north of the state capital in Albany, but the Hudson extends another two hundred miles, and hundreds of tributaries feed the flow. Whether it's forcing General Electric to clean up its PCBs, or stopping a home owner from filling in wetlands, it's our responsibility to protect the waters that sustain and connect us.

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Photo courtesy William Abranowicz/Art+Commerce Archive

Balancing Needs

The more we learn about nature, the more we understand the complicated interdependence of life: how the herring population, for example, effects the ospreys, and they in turn are indicators of how healthy the environment is for humans. Riverkeeper's continued presence in courtrooms, on the estuary, and before government officials works to ensure that our actions today benefit all species

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Emmet Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations

Become A Steward

To live near the river is to be its steward — whether we realize it or not. From the 6000 year-old oyster shells left by the Lenape to the solar panels installed on navigational buoys, human beings have a long history of leaving their marks on the Hudson Valley. We can trace the commitment to preserve and appreciate Muhheakunnuk from Native American wall drawings through the paintings of the Hudson River school to the great park lands of the 19th and 20th century and current battles to clean up earth, air and water. Our heritage of caring for the river started long before European discovery and continues today.

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